Spring Steam Gala

'Steam' packed three days of locomotives

8th - 10th March 2019

We look forward to welcoming you to our three day weekend. There will be steam locomotives operating a varied timetable from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. each day.

Please click here for the timetable

This ‘steam’ packed three day event is a chance to see and ride behind guest engines and the home-fleet locomotives. Come and enjoy behind the scene tours throughout Ropley workshop & yard and get up close and explore our locomotives under restoration. The Real Ale bar will be available on one of the trains each day and the ‘Queen Mary’ brake van will be available for rides on the freight train.

NB Watercress Line trains will not be operating to and from Alton station until the end of July 2019.

Click here to be the first to find out the guest locos visiting

Our first announced guest loco to the Spring Steam Gala is: Ex-London Transport Pannier Tank L92, courtesy of the Worcester Locomotive Society and South Devon Railway.

The Great Western Railway 5700 Class, or 57xx class, is a class of 0-6-0 pannier tank steam locomotive built between 1929 and 1950. The L92 was built in 1930. She was sold to London Transport in 1958 and renumbered L92.

L92 will be visiting the Mid Hants Railway resplendent in London Transport livery.

Photo credit: Mike Huckfield

Our second guest loco visiting the Spring Steam gala is:

No. 300 Frank S. Ross in Longmoor Military Railway Lined Blue, courtesy of Kent & East Sussex Railway Company Limited and the Kent & East Sussex Loco Trust Limited. We're looking forward to welcoming her to the Mid Hants Railway for a steam-filled 3 days.

The SR USA class were ex-United States Army Transportation Corps S100 Class steam locomotives purchased and adapted by the Southern Railway (SR) after the end of the Second World War to replace the LSWR B4 class then working in Southampton Docks. SR staff nicknamed them ‘Yank Tanks’. No.300 entered service with SR in April 1947 as USA Class number 70 and was renumbered 30070 by BR.

The home-fleet running at the gala will be:

- 41312 LMS Ivatt Class 2MT
- 76017 BR Standard Class 4MT
- 92212 BR Standard Class 9F
- 925 SR Schools Class 'Cheltenham'

Behind the Scenes tour times will be available soon.


Adult £30

Child (aged 4 and under) FREE

Child (aged 5-16 yrs) £15

Family (2 Adults and 2 Children) £75

Multi-day Adult Pass (al three days) £60

Advance tickets include all booking fees.

Alresford: Station Car park will be reserved for MHR customers only. We have arranged additional parking at Perins School for Saturday and Sunday only. Click here for a map.
Roads to the South of Railway have unrestricted parking, access to the Railway Station can be gained via the footpath next to Sun Lane bridge.

Disabled parking available at Alresford station.

The field at Ropley will NOT be used for parking during this event.

There will be no parking available at Medstead & Four Marks Station. Please do not park in residential areas close to the station.

FREE bus service:
There will be a FREE connecting Watercress Line bus service to and from Alton Station provided on the 8th, 9th & 10th March:

Alton dep.                           9.20     10.20     11.20
Four Marks Tesco arr.        9.40     10.40     11.40

Four Marks Co-op dep.     16.15     17.25     18.35
Alton arr.                              16.35     17.45     18.55

This is a limited bus service so a seat can not be guaranteed.

StageCoach 64 will also run from Alton Station to Medstead Station Approach every half an hour on Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sundays

Entry is by travel ticket only. Once tickets are purchased they cannot be changed or cancelled for any reason. Site/platform tickets, intermediate fares and discount vouchers, including Tesco Clubcard vouchers, are NOT VALID for this event.

We are unable to offer footplate rides during this event.

Drones must not be operated on or within 50m of Mid Hants Railway property.

The Company does not guarantee that the trains will arrive or depart at the times stated and reserves the right to cancel, alter or suspend any train without notice, or to substitute a different train should this be necessary for whatever reason.